WB candidates launch campaign, TMC fields son of late president

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Kolkata, March 18: Candidates of various parties in West Bengal launched campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha election on Monday. Trinamool Congress's (TMC) sitting MP from Krishnanagar Tapas Paul began his campaign after offering his prayers in local temple, church and mosque. He refused to acknowledge that he will face any major challenge from the opponents.

In Midnapore, CPI candidate Prabodh Panda began his campaign. He attacked the ruling TMC, accusing it as a party of no principles. The TMC has fielded veteran Bengali actress Sandhya Roy against Panda.

BJP candidate from Birbhum seat Joy Banerjee also started his campaign in Suri in the district. Banerjee will take on TMC's Satabdi Roy, also an actress, who is the sitting MP from this seat.

The Trinamool announced its candidates from UP, Assam and Jharkhand

TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is also set to kickstart the poll campaign on Tuesday. She is scheduled to share the stage with Bengali filmstar Dev at a rally on Tuesday. Dev has been fielded from Ghatal constituency in West Midnapore district.

The TMC also released its fourth candidates' list on Tuesday. Senior party leader and MP Mukul Roy announced the names at the party headquarters here. He announced TMC candidates from states like Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. Notable among the candidates whose names were announced on Tuesday are Parvez Ahmed, son of late president of India Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (from Barpeta in Assam) and former judge I H Kuddus (from Moradabad in UP).

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